Can asked to remove the slot machines of the bars in Valencia

Unides Can proposes to limit the installation of gaming machines to those establishments specifically dedicated to this, which will remove the so-called slot ma

Can asked to remove the slot machines of the bars in Valencia

Unides Can proposes to limit the installation of gaming machines to those establishments specifically dedicated to this, which will remove the so-called slot machine of the bars in a period of ten years. In addition, it also raises prohibit the advertising of the game. As well are collected at the 43 amendments that the parliamentary group presented in the Cortes of valencia to the draft law of the Game, in which, in addition to improve the regulation of this sector, want to influence the prevention and the cessation of this practice.

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According to the spokesman of the group, Naiara Davó, the proposals of Unides Can go in the line of those presented by its partners in Government, PSPV-PSOE and Compromís, but we have opted to keep them separate in order to respect the work done by Can in the last legislature, when he was not part of the Council. However, both she and the deputy Ferran Martinez are convinced that it will not be difficult to reach agreements with these groups, and rely on that, even with the rest of the formations of the Camera, during the processing of the standard.

The amendments of Unides Can argue that the gambling establishments are at a minimum distance of 1,000 meters of schools and health centers, and social, and that there is a minimum of 500 metres between local play, as well as that you can only have one casino per province and two additional rooms. In the case of the bingo halls, gaming halls or betting house, only allow a local every 15,000 inhabitants, and in the of the recreation facilities may have one for each of the 400,000 dwellest. This will, according to Martinez, that in the provinces of Valencia and Castellón the sector will not be able to grow more, while in the Alicante, there must be a reduction.

it is Also proposed to limit the establishments, so that the gaming machines can only be installed on those premises specifically dedicated to this practice, which would ban slot machines in bars. This would not affect the existing ones, which could exhaust the concessions in force, which are given for a maximum of 10 years, according to Martinez.

The amendments of Unides Can pose, in addition, to suppress the advertising of the game "following the same logic as with the tobacco", so you may not have billboards, or posters on the exterior of premises, stadiums or public space, nor advertise in local media or regional, or do promotions to attract customers.

For its part, the popular group of the valencian parliament has tabled an amendment in entirety the draft law of the Game considering that "forgets about the fight against problem gambling". "This is a text tax and without dialogue with the sector, and only has a purpose of collection", has criticised the spokesman of Economy of the PP, Rubén Ibáñez.

Ibanez, has reported that the text that you ask to return to the Consell is the same that was presented to the legislature last —and that declined with the early dissolution of Les Corts—, without incorporating the amendments presented by the groups and discussed in committee. In a statement, the deputy reminds that the draft Law does not collect specific "issues of absolute transcendence", as the distance between gambling halls, or provide for a program of prevention, protection of health and consumption that help and protect those caught up in the betting.

however, Ibanez admits that the existing law is from 1988, so the new text should take into account its adaptation to the regulatory environment about the game and betting, in addition to contemplate the changes in technology.

Updated Date: 15 January 2020, 15:00

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